Woven Travels

Beauty, Bicycle Baskets and Ferris Bueller - Meet Xanthe B!

 Londoner Xanthe Berkeley caught our eye on Instagram some time ago. She’s a filmmaker and photographer with a thing for bold colour, the great outdoors, and pedalling around London on her famous yellow bike. We fell head over heels for the beautiful way she captures everyday moments: it speaks to our own appreciation for the art of slow living. And when Xanthe (pronounced Zan-thee) started using our APANA woven bicycle basket on her travels we fell in love a little bit more. Here are some snippets from a long overdue catchup…

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Summer's In The Basket Bag

*HEAT KLAXON* Summer has LANDED! Whether you're off on your holidays soon or staying on home turf and doing the festival circuit this summer (and why not when the weather’s like this?) we'd love to see where you're taking your woven basket bags.

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Fashion Revolution: Who Made Your Baskets?

The Basket Room Fashion Revolution Week

We’re proudly supporting Fashion Revolution next week, because we wholeheartedly believe that fashion should feel good. Did you know that today only half of the 219 biggest fashion brands in the world know which factories their products are manufactured in? Or that only 25% of these big labels know where the zippers, buttons, threads and fabrics that make their clothes came from?

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The Basket Room x Living Pattern Giveaway

The Basket Room x Living Pattern Giveaway

We are really excited to be partnering with Living Pattern to give you the chance of winning one of their Monstera Pattern Study Prints and one of our Mimea, Colour Block Baskets.

If you've not already scrolled through Living Pattern's beautiful Instagram feed, then you are certainly missing out! Jenny Kiker is a botanical artist and has grown Living Pattern as a way to connect herself and her audience to the still delicateness of nature and to themselves. 

Jenny's creative process starts with a combination of drawing from observation and imagination. She lets the subject inform where the line wants to go and how it wants to feel. Colour is the emotion in her work. The ink is free to deepen and soften, just as colour would in nature. The collections include original, framed prints, specie prints and pattern studies. 

The Basket Room Green Planter

 Giveaway Prize - Monstera Pattern Study Print and Mimea Basket 

For your chance to win Living Pattern's Monstera Pattern Study Print and our Mimea Green Colour Block basket, enter below! You can enter up to six times and the giveaway is open to UK and International entrants and closes on 18th April. We will contact the winner on 19th April, Good Luck!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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#INSPIRINGMUMS and the Changing Face of Motherhood

As part of our #InspiringMums campaign for Mother's Day, we chatted to creative entrepreneur Molly Mahon about motherhood and the challenges she has overcome in managing her own business, three children and her recent diagnosis of breast cancer. 

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Weaving for Equality: International Women’s Day 2017

It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March, and this year our rally cry is #BeBoldForChange. So earlier this week we caught up with two members of the Kenyan weaving cooperative we work with: Peninah and Florence. Here’s what these talented craftswomen have to say about being working women in 2017, and the barriers they have overcome through basket weaving and working within a cooperative.
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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: How Does A Basket Weaving Cooperative Work?

With Fairtrade Fortnight in full swing and as consumers become ever more conscientious in their shopping habits, we thought we’d take a moment to talk about The Basket Room’s commitment to supporting Fair Trade.
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Create a Boho-Inspired Interior with an Indoor Jungle

This year we are seeing a move towards more natural home interiors; a reconnection with nature and with slowing down. ‘Greenery’, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, is making us want to ditch the minimalism trend and bring the outside in.

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A Christmas Message from The Weavers

""We started as a small group but now we've grown not just in numbers, but also as individuals....To everyone that buys these baskets, we say Asante sana sana (Thank you so so much).
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We meet the Yarn Weavers of Wote!

On our recent visit to Kenya in October (now feels like a very long time ago!) we made arrangements to visit a weaving cooperative that we started working with earlier this year...
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